Looks Are Everything
What makes a new NASCAR car model "new"? Mostly body changes, which affect aerodynamics and handling. As a rule, new race cars don't do all that well in their first year on the Winston Cup circuit, as crews incessantly tinker with the sheet metal, airdams, spoiler and glass in an attempt to find the perfect combinations that will get their machines to Victory Circle. Here's how some models recently introduced to the Winston Cup tour have done in their rookie seasons and thereafter.
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